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Saunders, Charles F.; Denver: Denver Litho. Co. January, 1901
Color lithograph map [97 cm x 78] on a linen backed sheet [102 cm x 81 cm]. Very good with minor overall wear more so at extremities. Colors are bright.
Shows mining claims with survey numbers company groups, gulches, tunnels, range townships and a Leadville plat map. Some mines are colored and an index at the lower left corner lists the mine owners that is keyed to section numbers. Scale is 1200 feet to the inch.
"Built on a dreary hill, surrounded by threatening mountains and buffeted by fierce snowstorms, Leadville is an ominous place, stark and cold. But hidden beneath the grime and bilious paint encrusted on the buildings like a patina are the remains of the wildest, gaudiest, most raucous mining camp in Colorado, the most glamorous, glittering silver town in the West. From the time silver was discovered in Leadville in 1875 until the collapse of the silver market in 1893, Leadville fascinated the world with its instant millionaires and villainous ways. It was known as both the wickedest city in the world and the most progressive mining town in Christendom." - p.118 'Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps.'
[California] [Colorado]. [Cardiff, CO] [Glenwood Springs, CO] [Gunnison, CO] [Stockton, CA] 1918-1927
pp. Oblong octavo [18 cm x 27 cm] black cloth boards with 'Photographs' embossed on the cover. Light general overall wear to boards. 288 b/w photographs glued to black leaves and well identified in white ink. Most images measure 9 cm x 6.5 cm. One photograph is missing.
"Merry Xmas from Sister Albert Dec. 25 1923 Special Property of Miss Lura M. Day." -[p1]
"Dear are the scenes that to me were so dear. Long, long, ago, Long, long, ago. I sing the songs delighted to hear. Long, long, ago, Long , long, ago. Now as I look - all my grief is renowned. Let me forget that so long I have sound. Let me believe that things are as I loved Long, long, ago, Long ago refer to pages 1-7." - [p3].
Nicely put together album documenting Lura Day's youth and early adulthood. Ms. Day appears to have been a schoolteacher in Colorado, who liked to ride horses and hike with her girlfriends in the Rocky Mountains.
Photographs document growing up in the central valley of California (likely near Stockton); The girl's basketball team (1918-1919) at Van Allen School (Escalon, California); A move to Glenwood Springs,Colorado, with shots of Grand Mesa, Denver and Glenwood Springs; Photographs of a logging camp in California; Lura's high school graduation in Glenwood Springs; A family reunion in South Dakota; A ranch in Marble, Colorado; Winter in Fort Collins at the 'State Agricultural College'; A road trip to Denver and Colorado Springs; Four shots of soldiers in Hawaii sent to Lura from a childhood friend from Stockton; Ms. Day as a teacher at the school in Cardiff, Colorado, with pictures of the classes identified; A trip through the Rockies on horseback; A trip to San Francisco and Golden Gate Park; Female students (and friends?) at Western States College in Gunnison in the dormitory, hiking in the surrounding hills and picnicking; Ms. Day's third grade class in Gunnison; "E.A. Ray busting broncos on Diamond Jack Alterie's Dude Ranch Sweetwater Colorado." (13 photos).
Belden, Charles J. [Pitchfork, WY.] (c.1935)
20 Photogravure Postcards [9 cm x 14 cm] with undivided backs and 'Printed in Germany - Photograph Copyright by Charles J. Belden, Pitchfork Wyoming' printed at left side of the backs. All in nice condition. List available.
Charles J. Belden (1888-1963) was born in San Francisco into a wealthy California family. He developed a life-long passion for photography when he purchased his first camera to record his travels throughout Germany and Russia after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1909. Upon his return to the U.S., Belden worked as a cowboy on the L.G. Phelps Ranch in Wyoming. He then went to work on and eventually managed the legendary Pitchfork Ranch near Meeteetse, WY. During his time at the Pitchfork Ranch between the 1920s and 1930s, Belden produced a variety of images that captured life on the dude ranch, including livestock activities, as well as the surrounding western landscape. Many of his western photographs were taken on horseback aboard his reliable pony Pinky. He thought this gave him the desired perspective he was hoping to achieve. Belden's photographs were featured in various publications, including National Geographic and the Saturday Evening Post.
Union Pacific Railroad. [Omaha, NE: Union Pacific Systems. 1923
Map [81.5 cm x 63.5 cm] that folds down to booklet size [15.5 cm x 12 cm] Booklet is bound in gray wrappers with the title printed in green on the front panel. The booklet also contains an eight-page index for the map - some listings contains elevation information. Folds as issued, otherwise near fine.
"Denver is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park - and Denver may be reached most satisfactorily by way of the Union Pacific System. the Union Pacific has double track all the way from Chicago to Colorado, and part of its line from Kansas City to Colorado is double track. Travelers using the splendid service of the Union Pacific to Denver may travel thence by automobiles of the Rocky Mountain Parks Transportation Co. all the way to Estes Park."
[Grand Junction] [Colorado]. Grand Junction: Sentinel Print, 
Poster [60 cm x 25] Cream sheet printed in black ink with decorative border. Overall age toning and some closed tears and chips to the extremities.
"An Unique Festival in the Grand Valley. Pass all other summer outings and attend Colorado's greatest celebration, Peach Day at Grand Junction, Wednesday, Sept. 4. Hon. W.J. Bryan of Nebraska, Rev. Myron Reed, of Denver, the friends of Silver and of the Irrigated West, which will address the people, Amusements will include the Annual Free Peach Dinner, Firemen's Tournament, Bicycle Meet, Band Concert, Grand Street. Grand Junction's Silver Crescent Band and a Native Ute Indian Band. Will furnish the music. A natural gas torch 20 feet high will illuminate the grounds and illustrate one of Grand Junction's resources. Carriage drive through thirty miles of orchards and vineyards. Come and see a new California, set in the midst of the Rocky and Wahsatch mountain. A mountain-girt paradise, growing all the semi-tropical fruits. Vineyards and snow-clad peaks! Peaches, raisins and wine grapes at the feet of the Rockies. A picture of pastoral beauty, set in nature's most stupendous frame. Be near to nature's heart and fill yourselves with apricots, peaches, nectarines and prunes. Drink wine of Colorado's own vintage. Take a drive through the Peerless Plateau Valley."